Guitar PDF files
These printable blank Guitar TAB templates are handy when you want to quickly jot down any ideas or exercises you want to work on. So, I’ve put together free printable guitar PDF files containing a variety of free blank guitar TAB templates, chord charts, or fretboard diagrams.
An alternative to these printable forms is to use a program like Guitar Pro to create any resource you want.
Guitar TABS PDF files
Blank Guitar TAB PDF files give you a simple way to quickly write down any guitar riffs or ideas that come to mind, or any songs you’re learning to transcribe.
The lines are printed in light gray, making it easy for you to read whatever pen you write with.
How to use Guitar TABS templates
To use these blank Guitar TAB templates, simply write the fret numbers of any notes on the lines as needed.
For example, here’s how to write the first part of the classic guitar riff from Nothing Else Matters using these templates:
Don’t worry if you don’t know how to write with musical beats, you can take any notes or comments to help you as you want.
Blank Guitar TABS templates
These templates give you not only the TABS lines but also the standard music stave and the fretboard up to the 19th fret.
Download the Guitar TABS guitar PDFs for free here:
Guitar PDF Files – Blank Chord Charts
These blank chord chart templates are useful if you want to memorize chord shapes. Simply fill out the forms with the chords you want to memorize and you’ll get a handy cheat sheet to use in your practice sessions.
If you are struggling with changing between chords, check out this guide on how to master chord transitions in 4 easy steps.
You can use these models for open chords or bar chords.
Download the free guitar PDF of the chord charts template here:
How to use blank chord charts
To use these forms, simply fill in the note positions and type in the fingering numbers you want to use for each chord.
For example, here are three different ways you can use this template to notate a C major chord:
You can either write the finger numbers (1 = index finger, 2 = middle finger, 3 = ring finger, 4 = pinky) below each string or on the fret positions so you know which fingers to use for each note.
Some people like to use dots on the fret positions while other people may prefer to see finger numbers in each position. The three examples above show the same information, so think about how you prefer to read chords.
If the chord does not play a particular chord, write an If the strings are played open, write a big O above the chord line.
Check out this guide on how to read guitar chord charts for more examples.
Guitar PDF files – Fretboard
These blank guitar fretboard charts are easy to use if you want to memorize scales or practice arpeggios.
Fretboard models show 12 frets – remember that the notes repeat after the 12th fret, so you can use these models for below or above the 12th fret.
Download the free Guitar Fretboard PDF here:
How to use Fretboard templates
There are many ways you can use these fretboard models. Here are two useful examples:
Save arpeggios: Let’s say there is a song that uses some arpeggios that you want to save. While you can memorize them using the Guitar TAB, sometimes it’s easier to have a way to visualize what arpeggios look like on the fretboard.
The image below shows an arpeggio for a G Major chord in Guitar TAB format:
You can certainly memorize arpeggios by reading the Guitar TAB or sheet music, but being able to visualize what arpeggios look like on the fretboard will help you memorize them faster.
Here’s the same arpeggio filled in on the fretboard diagram template:
The diagram above shows quite clearly how to play arpeggios on the fretboard. You can easily see which fingers you should use to play each note just by glancing at the diagram.
Memorizing Staircase Shapes: Instead of memorizing staircase shapes using Guitar TAB, it is much easier and faster to memorize stairs using fretboard diagrams.
The example below shows a form of the A Minor Pentatonic scale in Guitar TAB format:
While this is easy enough to understand and use to memorize the scale shape, here’s the same shape in a fretboard diagram:
Seeing the scale shapes in the fretboard diagram makes it much easier to memorize scales and know where the fingers are.
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